Last I saw the PS2 was still outselling the PS3 by a very wide margin. I still have to wonder how Sony could equate ~$15 in chips to be worth the potential in lost sales, considering the PS2 is such a hit exactly for it's massive, unparalleled library of games.
The Sony site claims the PS2 has over 1,800 titles, and supposedly the original Xbox has 950... So combine all of the Xbox AND the Xbox 360 games currently on the market, the PS2 still has over 200 more under its belt.
I wonder if Sony made the decision to remove backwards compatibility not just to save a few dollars off the production cost of their new console, but to also not deter from their unusually strong PS2 sales. If users can't get full backwards compatibility from the PS3, they're going to just have to buy another PS2 when theirs breaks unless they want to shelve the dozens, (Or like Rob) hundreds of games in their collection... and most users simply aren't going to want to toss all those games away.
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